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  • Models predict optimal airplane seating for reduced viral transmission

    Sheldon H. Jacobson

    A new study led by Illinois computer science professor and aviation risk expert Sheldon H. Jacobson calculated the optimal ways to seat passengers on airplanes based on the most recent data on aerosol transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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  • Editor’s note: To contact Sheldon H. Jacobson, call 217-244-7275; email

    The paper “SARS-CoV-2 aerosol risk models for the airplane seating assignment problem” is available online. DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2021.102175